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Chess is more than a game at Ennis Public Library
Larry Candy teaches children to think, strategize and plot their next move as they learn an activity that may not be as popular as the latest video game, but is a classic they end up loving anyway.
It’s the game of chess. Candy tries to impress his love for the age-old table sport on kids who venture to learn what some consider a dying art at the Ennis Public Library. To those who pull up a chair to hone their skills on Thursdays, Candy hopes to teach more than a new game.
“I want these kids to learn how to interact with others and really think for themselves as they figure out their next move and how they will stay one step ahead of their opponent,” he said. “My goal for them is to not just learn how to play but how to think things through and hopefully that skill is something that spills over into the rest of their lives.”
Candy’s appreciation for chess began some 46 years ago when he was in elementary school and watched his teacher play the game.
“I used to watch him play and eventually he taught me how to play,” he said. “Then my sixth grade teacher saw talent in me and started working with me and eventually I began entering tournaments and have stayed with it ever since.”
A retired veteran, Candy said he has some time on his hands and tries to use it well.
Since moving to Ennis 13 years ago, he has volunteered at the library, the Ennis Noon Lions Club and the Boy Scouts of America. His appreciation for volunteerism he hopes to instill in the kids with whom he interacts.
“My hope is to teach these kids about being a volunteer so when they grow up and go out in the world they will want to give back to their communities and teach others,” he said. “I want them to learn chess so when they finally beat me, I not only know they have mastered the game, but have learned about doing something for others.”
Currently, the chess program at the library is on Thursday nights from 5:30 – 8 p.m., and as part of ongoing summer programs, kids can also learn to play the game on Wednesday afternoons from 3 – 4:30 p.m. Candy hopes the group can grow to possibly compete in competitions when players are trained and ready. He also would like to see the junior high and high schools implement a chess club so kids can have even more time to practice.
“I think it’s like with anything else,” he said. “The more you practice, the better you become, and I’d really like the opportunity to see the kids get better and also have more involvement through school clubs,” he said.
For more information about the chess program or the library’s other programs, call 972-875-5360.

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